Let them say, you did it your way. You failed and failed. You stood too and stood. You withstood all that fear had in store, down to the last syllable.
Still, you weathered the storm. Danced through fire. Circled back to beginnings full of failures and pain.
Still you worked. You rose up early and worked. Accepted it all, like cloudy skies sailing through. Ijeles too spinning through the beat of drums at feasts full of yams so new.
Still you looked up. Face full of tears and wondering when to give up or persist through the hell called failure.
For what good is life without a lesson or two. What good is failure, without learning it’s bitter acid.
Let them say what they say. But where you have been, circles and all, is still just the beginning.
I’m learning the importance of belonging. The importance of surrounding myself with those willing to support all that I care about it. Even if it fails 1000 times. The 1001th time is my keep for today. Even ideas that first fail, still fail until time. It’s this time, I long to master.